The APALA Women’s Organizing Institute provides a gender analysis with an emphasis on training rank and file women union members and recent women college graduates. The Women’s Organizing Institute utilizes a range of techniques such as role-play exercises, new media, public speaking, interactive workshops, panel discussions, and a worker-related action. Additionally, APALA trainers are able to provide a cultural competency to the work by providing an overview and direct connection to the broader Asian Pacific American community.
In partnership with the Orange County Labor Federation and with financial support from the Berger Mark’s Foundation, APALA created its first Women’s Organizing Institute between August 6-8, 2010. 35 rank and file workers and recent college graduates nationally participated in the inaugural training.